White House: US-Mexico border wall to be built “with or without Congress”

WASHINGTON, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney affirmed Sunday that President Donald Trump would build the wall along the US-Mexico border “with or without Congress.” Mulvaney told Fox News Sunday “The president is going to build the wall … Our attitude at this point, which is, we’ll take as much money as you can give us and then we will go off and find the money someplace else legally in order to secure that southern barrier. But this is going to get built with or without Congress.” He added that Trump “The president has to sign a piece of legislation in order to keep the government open. He cannot cannot sign everything they put in front of him. There’ll be some things that simply we couldn’t agree to.

“So the government shutdown is technically still on the table. We do not want it to come to that, but that option is still open to the president and will remain so,” he reiterated.

Asked if declaring a national emergency still on the table, Mulvaney said, “It’s absolutely on the table.” Last month, Trump signed a bill ending the longest government shutdown in history, re-opening the government for three weeks until February 15. He had threatened that if he gets “no fair deal” from Congress, the government will either shutdown again or he will use the powers afforded to him “under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”

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